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Violence against women Pt2. – Recognising and reconciling the abuses and suffering of our stolen generations

Imagine being taken from your mother when you are two years old (or for parents reading this, having your child taken from you at age 2)… being “re-homed” in a Government or religious institution where you learn the skills to be a house servant.  This will become your occupation from age 9, except that it’s no ordinary job: in your role as a domestic servant you will be raped and beaten by the master of the house; ignored by the mistress of the house; and treated as a second class citizen by the children of the house.

At an age that should be the time of your life, you are existing in a misery that is absolutely unfathomable and certainly unforgiveable.

Sound like fiction?  Sadly not, as has been uncovered in the very first courageous edition of the Anne Summers Report.  Every Australia needs to read about this – even if it reduces you to tears, we must honor these victims of abuse by understanding their story. It’s a story repeated In so many chapters of Australia’s short history.

Go on, give it a read here.

Once you’ve read it I’m sure you’ll be left with the same questions as me:  What on earth were our policy makers thinking?  Should the institutions be brought to account now, via the Royal Commission, or is it just too late to achieve much at all?  And could you ever get over an experience like this to live a normal, happy and fulfilling life?

Those of you who have followed the work of Anne Summers, one of Australia’s finest literary legends and feminists, will not be surprised that the new Anne Summers Report pulls no punches in lifting the lift on this unspeakable history of violence towards the stolen generations of women.  Thanks, Anne, for telling me something I didn’t want to know, but needed to.  Of course the abuse towards little boys was equally as evil and is also acknowledged.

As a parent, and an Australian, it makes me sad and sick and everything in between.

If you wish, you can subscribe to the Anne Summer Report here.

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1 month ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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